Who is Howard Dean good for? As the Democratic National Committee gathers
over the next couple of days, no doubt to vote Dr. Dean as Chairman of their
Committee, the question must be asked, Who is Howard Dean good for?
There are some in Democratic Party who believe that he could be a political
Messiah for their ailing party. They believe that Dean's Chairmanship will help
rebuild state parties, energize the the DNC grassroots movements, help fund
raise for the party, and that he will keep President Bush and the GOP in
Then there is the other group in the Democratic Party who believe that Howard
Dean will continue to push the DNC and the Democratic Party to the left, and
they will lose the moderate Democrats to the Republican Party. "I think Howard
Dean would be viewed as synonymous with being upper-East coast liberal, and that
just makes the burden on Southern Democrats that much difficult." say James Kyle
Jr, Minority Leader of the Tennesse State Senate.
Then there is the flip side of the coin, the Republican Party. Could it be
possible that Howard Dean, the poster child of the liberal left, be good for the
Republican Party? I don't believe so; I believe that Howard Dean is great for
the Republican Party.
"This is akin to the idea that you've got to get sicker before you get
better," said Matthew Dowd, chief strategist in Bush's reelection campaign.
"This is the final stage before they realize they've got to start taking
vitamins and get healthy again. It's reflective of a problem they have, which is
they haven't arrived with a positive, proactive vision."
I believe that with election of Howard Dean to the Chair of the Democratic
National Committe it is only going to drive the DNC to the far left side of the
political field and it's going to drive away all the moderates Democrats,
especially the Southern Democrats such as Zell Miller, to the Republican Party.
In voting Dean as the Chairman of the Nation Committee the Democrats are slowly
committing political suicide and might as well kiss goodbye any hopes of
replacing the GOP majority in the Senate and Congress, and especially kiss
goodbye the placing of a Democrat in the Oval Office in 2008.
Matt McDonald can be reached at email@example.com.